[According to Lew Ayres in a 1985 interview] Mr. Whale had a reputation as an outstanding director, but I feel he was more or less accustomed to actors with considerable more polish than I possessed at the time. Yet, I was the young man under contract to the studio, and he had me thrust upon him... I tried to do my job, and he said little or anything to me one way or other. Frankly, I don't think he thought I was correctly cast for the part.

According to film historian Greg Mank in a 1985 issue of "Films in Review," Whale "amused himself with clever camera techniques through walls (e.g. dolly shots through walls.)

Mae Clarke was sick during most of the production of this film and Night World (1932), which were made back-to-back.

Film debut of Hattie McDaniel.

Director James Whale did not care for the casting of Lew Ayres. According to film historian Greg Mank, the director accepted the project in order "to keep busy."

Filming completed December 29, 1931 one day under schedule and $13,000 under budget.

The last of three 1931 collaborations between Mae Clarke and director Whale. The first two were "Waterloo Bridge" and "Frankenstein."'

Th film opens with a magnificent depiction of LA landmark and much filmed Angel's Flight. Lew Ayres also appeared in n the 1947 movie "The Unfaithful" which had scenes using the famous landmark.